Cancer is a common disease, and it can occur just about anywhere in the body.
According to the National Cancer Institute, as of 2019, there were an estimated 16.9 million cancer survivors in the US. That number is expected to reach 22.2 million by 2030. As we continue to learn more about this disease and its cure, we’re also finding ways to help prevent it.
According to the CDC, smokers who quit entirely cut their risk for cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder by 50%.
Here are some tips to lower your risk:
- Don’t use tobacco. Smoking and chewing tobacco have been linked to cancers of the lung, mouth, pancreas and more. If you smoke, quit – it can help lower your current risk of cancer.
- Eat healthy. Adding fruits and veggies to your diet, as well as limiting processed meats, can help keep you healthy and reduce your risk. The Mediterranean diet with extra-virgin olive oil and mixed nuts may reduce risk of breast cancer.
- Protect your skin from sun. Skin cancer is very common, and easily preventable. Avoid the midday sun, stay in the shade, and wear sunscreen every day.
- Get regular checkups. Make sure you have a primary care physician and that you’re getting all the screenings you should for your age and gender. Early diagnosis means treatment is more likely to be successful.
Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/understanding/statistics and https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/cancer-prevention/art-20044816